Thursday, January 26, 2006

GUNDON: Bang, bang BANG!

The second reported shooting of the year has occured in London Ontario. Police reported 19 incidents last year, so at this rate, London will score even higher in 2006.
One man was taken to hospital and an east-end neighbourhood shut down last night as police searched for a suspect in the city's second shooting of the year.

The unidentified man, whom witnesses said was in his late 20s or early 30s, was gunned down in an alley beside the Mac's convenience store at First and Oxford streets about 8:30 p.m.

[..] Bloody snow, yellow police tape and a smashed pickup truck window marked the space between Mac's and Marvellous 2 for 1 Pizza and Wings, where witnesses said they found the man writhing in pain.

Dwayne Hurley, a bouncer at nearby Carey's Pub at 1569 Oxford St. E., was standing on the bar's patio when he heard multiple shots ring out.

"I thought it was fireworks," Hurley said. "It was like, 'Bang, bang, bang, bang' -- there were at least six of them."

[..] Last night, at least a dozen cruisers were visible as police blocked off area streets while searching for the fleeing suspect.

Two youths in a nearby shop said they were told they couldn't return to their home at First and Hartlet streets because it might be dangerous.

"They said it might not be safe and the canine unit was out, so we're stuck here," said Fanshawe student Ken Wales.

Police were holding the scene through the night, Arbing said.
Martial law kicks in as police spend the entire night looking for a suspect who more than likely, was far from the scene of the crime by the time the cops even arrived.

But there is a lot to keep the police busy these days in Gundon ... In addition to last night's shooting, yesterday morning a man threatened to blow up elderly people getting their drugs at a Pharmasave in quaint Wortley Village.
A man armed with a grenade was arrested by a London police officer during a botched drug robbery yesterday at an Old South pharmacy.

The man entered Pharmasave at 190 Wortley Rd. at about 11:45 a.m., showed the grenade and demanded prescription drugs, said Staff Sgt. Paul Kerkhof of London police.

[..] The grenade was determined to be "inert," said Const. Amanda Pfeffer.

The Pharmasave robbery was similar to one at a Money Mart store Tuesday, she said, and police were investigating whether they were connected.

On Tuesday, a man claiming to have a grenade entered the store at Wharncliffe Road and Duchess Avenue shortly after 9 a.m. and demanded cash, Pfeffer said.

He fled after the incident.
Madness hits the region! The reign of terror doesn't stop there. Also yesterday, in nearby St. Thomas, a man was shot and killed in a downtown pub:
One minute yesterday morning, Robert Thorpe Jr. was sitting in a downtown bar here with an acquaintance.

The next, he was dead of gunshot wounds and the man suspected in his shooting was himself shot by police.

"It (the shooting) was over nothing,'' a grieving Carol Thorpe said of the fatal shooting of her 40-year-old son, Robert, in the Manx Arms Restaurant and Pub on Talbot Street, a lunchtime hangout for the city's downtown business crowd.